Wild Leaf Menghai, 2003

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Floral, Malt, Sweet, Camphor
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
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Edit tea info Last updated by Erik Dabel
Average preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 32 oz / 946 ml

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  • “Such a great Pu-Erh tea here. Rich and velvety smooth. Not too overwhelming with a shorter infusion, but as the Red Blossom website says, with a longer steeping “the tea becomes richer in...” Read full tasting note
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From RedBlossomTea.com:

Our 2003 Wild Leaf comes from the ancient tea trees that have grown for hundreds of years on the mountainous slopes of southern China’s Yunnan province in Menghai County. Harvested and crafted by the aboriginal people of Yunnan, the tea is a “sheng” or raw pu-erh – aged naturally – with time as the only catalyst transforming the tea from its nascent state as “mao cha” to its current rich mahogany color. The tea was stored in Guangzhou for three years, The result is a tea that is uncharacteristically light and sweet, with a rich camphor finish. Steeped longer the tea becomes richer in flavor with a distinct stone fruit aroma and remarkably smooth body.

BREWING GUIDE

Infuser Cup
Tea Leaves 4 grams
Water Temp 212 ° F
Steep Time 1 min 45 sec
Tea Bowl
Tea Leaves 3 grams
Water Temp 212 ° F

Gaiwan / Teapot (6 oz.)
Tea Leaves 3.5 grams
Water Temp 212 ° F
Steep Time 1 min sec
Teapot (12 oz.)
Tea Leaves 5.5 grams
Water Temp 212 ° F
Steep Time 2 min

Sheng Pu-Erhs are noted for their clean, crisp, complexity. Thus – though they will never become bitter – are best enjoyed when steeped for shorter times, bringing out the nuanced character developed with age. The Wild Leaf 2003’s elegance is most pronounced with infusions of one minute or less, highlighting the clean woody finish. For a fuller, maltier mouthfeel, with hints of stone fruit in the finish, extend steep times towards two minutes, in a vessel with excellent heat retention – ideally a yixing clay pot.

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Such a great Pu-Erh tea here. Rich and velvety smooth. Not too overwhelming with a shorter infusion, but as the Red Blossom website says, with a longer steeping “the tea becomes richer in flavor with a distinct stone fruit aroma and remarkably smooth body.” I’ll have to remember that for next time.

Even with the shorter 2 minute steeping time, this tea is full bodied, but still on the light and subtle side. It doesn’t punch you in the face, rather it applies a deep massage all across the palate with a velvety smooth malty base and sweet, woodsy-ish overtones.

All the great prerequisites of a great, classic, solid Pu-Erh, nothing unnecessary.

Love it.

My kind of tea.

-E

Flavors: Camphor, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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